Como discutido nos comentários sobre a Isis Nóbile Diniz, acredito que o meio mais eficaz para aumentar a participação das mulheres nas ciências é providenciar "modelos" nos quais as meninas possam se espelhar. É necessário que, principalmente nos paises que não possuem sistema científico desenvolvido como o Brasil, a representação social do cientistas, maliciosamente caracterizados em filmes e desenhos animados como cientistas loucos brancos machistas ou empregados bitolados subservientes às corporações capitalistas, mude para uma versão mais cool, século XXI: a(o) cientista-artista, a(o) cientista-artesã(o), a(o) cientista que pode ajudar nas lutas sociais por sua expertise, sem pretender ser um tecnocrata.
E chega de bonecas da Barbie que respondem "Odeio Matemática" quando você aperta um botãozinho...
Assim, mudei o meu EGO-Globo na barra lateral. Angelina Jolie fica para outra vez. Quem conhecer mais celebridades cientistas, por favor, informe nos comentários... Só não vale Einstein, o primeiro pop star da ciência.
Natalie Portman (Hebrew: נטלי פורטמן; born Natalie Hershlag June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-American actress. Portman began her career in the early 1990s, turning down the opportunity to become a child model in favor of acting. Her first role came in the 1994 independent film Léon. She became well known when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Portman, who stated that she would "...rather be smart than be a movie star,"completed a bachelor's degree in psychology at Harvard College while she was working on theStar Wars films.
Portman is considered to have been a good student. "I'd rather be smart than be a movie star," she told an interviewer. Although she says her family was not religious, she attended a Jewish elementary school, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Glen Cove, New York. She graduated from a public high school, Syosset High School. Portman skipped the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I so she could study for her high school final exams. In June 2003, Portman graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While attending Harvard, she was a resident of the Lowell House, and wrote a response letter to the Harvard Crimson (the school newspaper) that was considered very well-written, in response to an anti-Israeli essay. Portman pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the spring of 2004. At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant (he thanks her in The Case for Israel). She was also a research assistant in a psychology lab, and in March 2006, appeared as a guest lecturer at a Columbia University course in terrorism and counterterrorism, where she spoke about her film V for Vendetta. In addition to being bilingual in Hebrew and English, Portman has studied French, Japanese, German and Arabic.
As a student, Portman co-authored two research papers which were published in professional scientific journals. Her 1998 high school paper on the "Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen" was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Permanence" during her psychology studies at Harvard. Due to her scientific publications, Portman is among a very small number of professional actors with a defined Erdős–Bacon number. An individual's Erdős–Bacon number is the sum of one's Erdős number—which measures the "collaborative distance" in authoring mathematical papers between that individual and Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős—and one's Bacon number—which represents the number of links, through roles in films, by which the individual is separated from actor Kevin Bacon. These numbers are the primary measures of the small world phenomenon in academia and entertainment, respectively.